Meet Abigail and Amy, the authors of the blog Commandress.
We’re sisters who love the joy that fashion brings to our lives. But we also know how hard it can be to get dressed some days.
“Commandress” is our shorthand for taking charge of your closet and your wardrobe. And it’s all about finding – and loving – the style that works for you.
This means a style that suits your life: your budget, your taste, your body, and – perhaps most importantly – your daily routine.
Here’s how we see it:
The Good – You know those days when you feel fantastic about what you’re wearing – whether it’s yoga gear or a formal suit – because it looks right and feels right and because there’s a little something special about its color or design that makes you happy? We want to help you feel like this every day.
The Bad – And you know those days when you stand in your closet feeling frustrated and confused because you’re overwhelmed by choices but still have nothing to wear? We hope that you never have to feel this way again.
The Ugly – All those items you hang onto because you might lose weight or you might get a new job or they were a gift from someone you love? They’re weighing you down – and we want to help you let them go.
Getting dressed can be much easier – and a lot more fun – with the right wardrobe.
What You’ll Find Here: Our Categories
We’re always on the hunt for something new – and we love sharing it with you! We pick the best of the best clothing and accessories to share on the blog and on our shopping pages.
We’ve divided our recommendations into five categories – one to share each weekday:
- Love your everyday style (Monday) – stylish and versatile clothes that you’ll love to wear as often as possible
- Love your work style (Tuesday) – a work-appropriate look you can get excited about – either for going to the office or just looking like you’re in charge of one
- Love your workout style (Wednesday) – stylish activewear for working out – or just hanging out (we won’t tell!)
- Love your dressed up style (Thursday) – the fun and fancy stuff for going out and looking fabulous
- Love your travel style (Friday) – easy to wear clothing and accessories for exploring new places and doing new things
Here are examples of what we have in mind (shown clockwise from left) in a collage that we created for style inspiration:
Images courtesy of Nordstrom.
What You Won’t Find Here: Too Much Stuff
Here’s a hard truth that you won’t hear from most fashion bloggers: most of us already own way too many clothes.
We don’t want you to have more clothes; we want you to have the right clothes.
For many of us, this probably means a smaller – but much more functional – wardrobe.
This will mean culling all the things that aren’t working for you anymore – which can be a painful process for anyone.
It also means being mindful when you buy something new – and perhaps spending a little more for a perfect item that you plan to wear for years (rather than months).
We give a lot of thought to our clothing purchases – and we want you to do the same. That’s why we’re committed to only feature items that we own – or wish that we owned! – on the blog.
From Professional Fashion to Everyday Style: Our 2015 Update
If you’ve been reading Commandress for a while, first we want to thank you!
Second, we want to tell you why we shifted our focus from professional fashion to everyday style. It’s actually pretty simple: neither of us were wearing our work clothes much anymore.
Although each of us worked in professional offices – and dressed accordingly – for well over a decade, now we both work from home.
More specifically, one day we were talking by phone and discovered that Abigail was ready for the day in her striking new yoga outfit – while Amy was “dressed up” for book club in jeans.
Our lives changed and our wardrobes changed. It was time for the blog to catch up!
A Little More About Us
We both grew up in New Orleans, which definitely plays a big role in our outlook on life and our clothing choices. We love for our days – and our wardrobes – to include some excitement and a little flair.
Our style is also influenced by the South: Abigail lives in Atlanta, Georgia, while Amy lives in Lafayette, Louisiana.
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I’m Abigail Politzer, the founder and editor of Commandress.
In 2012, I left my career as a lawyer and started Commandress after the sudden and unexpected death of my late husband, Alfred Politzer. Our daughter, Bonnie, was two years old at the time.
The blog provided an outlet – and a much needed happy place – for me to talk about something I’ve always loved: fashion.
When I was growing up, I daydreamed about working in a glamorous profession and wearing the amazing clothes that I saw in Vogue every month. But I’ve always had a practical streak – so I created an elaborate fantasy that involved . . . becoming a lawyer for Donna Karan.
Why law? I really don’t remember.
A “blog” may have been little more than a twinkle in Al Gore’s eyes when I was planning my career trajectory in the early 1990s, but many years later Commandress became the perfect place for me to combine my love of fashion with my insistence on practicality.
Whether you spend most of your time working at a law office or goofing off with your kids at the playground, I want your closet to be a happy and functional place.
I graduated from Davidson College and Duke University School of Law. In May 2012, I attended the Fashion Law Bootcamp at Fordham Law School’s Fashion Law Institute. I’m also a member of the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI).
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Amy (Bergsma) Schwarzenbach, Writer and Publisher. Abigail’s big sister who is happy to concede the “Boss Lady” role to her.
A former legal recruiting professional, I came of age during the 1980s when feminism merged with new views on femininity – resulting in the first wave of modern power dressing. As a tween and teen, I paged through our mother’s Talbots catalogs anticipating my future career – doing whatever – dressed in professional attire.
But at the outset of my professional career in the 1990s, my wardrobe aspirations were stifled by grunge and a casual work environment where t-shirts, jeans, and shorts were de rigueur.
Things picked up for my wardrobe in the aughts when I took a position in the legal industry as a law firm recruiter. Finally, I had the outlet to wear the clothing of the consummate professional.
After twelve years helping attorneys and law students with their careers, I relinquished my full-time career to let my husband pursue his – and found myself cast adrift with an image crisis. I had to reinvent myself – and my wardrobe – as a writer, volunteer, chef, chauffeur, laundress, logistical coordinator, wrestling/football mom, dog walker, and aspiring yogi.
I graduated from Centre College and have a graduate degree from Louisiana State University. For nine years, I helped law students prepare for job interviews including their sartorial choices.
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Photos of Abigail & Amy by Megan Weaver
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Last revised: October 28, 2015